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Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club
Welcome to the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club at Riverside Park in St. Cloud, MN.
Geographic Coordinates: 45.545577, -94.143235 (Lat./Long.) /
UTM Coordinates: x:410754.882812, y:5044195.556640
Date web page last updated: February 29, 2020 at 10:45 p.m.
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2020 Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Meeting Schedule and Location:
The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2020 season will be held eight Sundays from January 5, 2020 to March 1, 2020 based out of the Riverside Park warming shelter from 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (except on Sunday, January 26, 2020 for the 13th Annual Sons of Norway Barnaløpet, a youth fun cross country ski "race" at Riverside Park that we attend that weekend instead).
We meet at 1:45 p.m. on Sundays at the Riverside Park warming shelter to be ready to ski outside at 2 p.m. Whe Riverside Park warming shelter is located at 1725 Kilian Blvd. SE, Saint Cloud, MN 56304, which is located on the SE side of St. Cloud, across the river from St. Cloud State University.
Sunday, January 5, 2020 (Weather: 33 degrees F with 22 mph winds making it feel like 21 degrees F)
Sunday, January 12, 2020 (Weather: 15 degrees F with 9 mph winds making it feel like 3 degrees F.)
Sunday, January 19, 2020 (Weather: 8 degrees F with 10 mph winds making it feel like -6 degrees F. )
Sunday, January 26, 2020 (The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club does not meet this week, but instead attends the 13th Annual Sons of Norway Barnaløpet. 11:30 a.m. on site registration, 1 p.m. youth "races") (Weather: 20 degrees F with 0 mph winds making it feel like 20 degrees F.)
Sunday, February 2, 2020 (Weather Forecast: 38 degrees F with 17 mph winds making it feel like 28 degrees F.)
Sunday, February 9, 2020 (Weather Forecast: 23 degrees F with 8 mph winds making it feel like 14 degrees F.)
Sunday, February 16, 2020 (Weather Forecast: 17 degrees F with 6 mph winds making it feel like 8 degrees F.)
Sunday, February 23, 2020 (Weather Forecast: 36 degrees F with 12 mph winds making it feel like 27 degrees F.)
Sunday, March 1, 2020 (Weather Forecast: 40 degrees F with 15 mph winds making it feel like 31 degrees F.)
MyXC Festival at Theodore Wirth Park will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020 in conjunction with the World Cup being held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club registration for 2020 can be found at https://www.mysl.org/registration
Registration costs $45 per youth skier, which will be charged at checkout.
1. Skill levels can be edited (anytime, even after registration) in step #1 "Household Information" of the Club Registration process. Leaders can also edit this on their rosters for any skier.
2. Step #2 "Club Membership" is required. This often confuses new members because they are thinking "lesson" not "club membership"
Central MN Youth Ski Club 2020 Snack Sign Up List is now online at:
Please visit this web page to sign up your family.
We are looking to have four families each week to provide healthy snacks. Please plan on 90 children, as well as extra for 10 to 15 Assistant Coaches, parents and guardians. Ideas for healthy snacks include clementines, string cheese, granola bars, fruits and vegetables, etc. Skiers have been known to enjoy cookies too! Especially good are mint Oreo cookies! Kids may have peanut or other food allergies, so ideally the snacks will not contain peanuts and other food allergens (i.e tree nuts, eggs, etc.)
Hot cocoa and water will continue to be provided by the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club. Families that bring snacks during the week they sign up for are responsible for providing the styrofoam cups needed for hot cocoa, as well as taking care of preparing one pot of hot cocoa (heat water, pour hot cocoa, fill up a separate container of cold water, etc.) and snacks prior to session break starting at approximately 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and clean up after kids snack.
Assistant Coaches needed for Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club:
The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club 2020 season is here! We hope to have another successful year with the help of High School student assistant coaches and others! The youth skiers really look up to them! Please contact Nicholas Snavely, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know someone that would like to be an assistant coach this season. Adults are also welcome to volunteer in this role. Thank you for helping our youth skiers learn how to cross country ski and have fun at the same time!
Current 2020 Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club participants separated by cross country ski levels:
90 registered Youth Skiers as of February 2, 2020:
Level 1, ages 4-7: 23
Level 2, ages 6-8: 17
Level 3, ages 7-10: 20
Level 4, ages 8-12: 16
Level 5, ages 9-13: 6
Level 6, ages 11-14: 6
Junior Coach, 12 - 18: 2
Level Group Name Age Range Criteria
1 First Steppers 4 - 7 Just starting to ski (classic)
2 Climbers 6 - 8 Entry level, can dress and put on skis (classic)
3 Gliders 7 - 10 Walks on skis, ready to learn the rhythm (classic)
4 Striders 8 - 12 Comfortable on skis, up and down hills, has mastered basics (classic)
5 Skaters 9 - 13 Learning to skate (skate)
6 Nordics 11 - 14 Advanced skills, longer skiing, and short races (skate)
Junior Coach Hero 12 - 18 Best scooter tag players - help teach younger skiers skills
Typical ski club session:
We're here to cross county (nordic) ski and have fun! We ski and play games on the snow. This is a very friendly, family oriented program focused on children ages 4 to 14 years old that is built around kids having fun while learning skills and techniques needed to become better cross country skiers. We divide into six groups based on age, comfort level, and skill level. Younger groups ski near the trail head and take advantage of small, snow-covered inclines to get used to being on skis. Older kids venture off about the park with a coach. Coaches have curriculum loaded with ideas and strategies for teaching young skiers. Half-way through the session, we meet back at the shelter for a snack, warm-up and a restroom break. Then, back on the ski trails until 4:00 p.m.
Youth are encouraged to provide their own cross country ski equipment. If you are having a difficult time finding ski equipment, please contact Nicholas Snavely, Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator, at email@example.com to see what additional options may be available. Again this upcoming 2020 ski season, the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club will have traditional classic cross country ski sets available for rent at a cost of $35 and skate skis available for rent at a cost of $75. This is the direct result of the ski binding donations that were received previously, which provided the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club currently with 30 set of skis. Likewise, the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club was awarded a $1,000 grant in 2017-2018 from the American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation (ABSF) Young Skier Development Program. When registering youth for the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club, there is an option to add a ski rental before you pay your membership dues. Arrangements must be made with Nicholas Snavely to ensure ski rentals are still available, as well as ensure the proper ski set size is available for the child. Visit http://mysl.org/sites/mysl.org/files/Kids%20equipment%20sizing.pdf to determine the ski set your child needs.
The first day is a bit chaotic, but there are volunteers to help with registration instruction and getting you started. If you have a 4- to 6-year-old child, one parent will be required to assist that child during their class. Older skiers also require a parent/guardian present while attending. Just to be clear, don’t plan on dropping your child off and picking them up after each session, since parents/guardians are expected to participate in some fashion, such as helping in the shelter or assisting with coaching. No experience is necessary, as there are activity plan booklets for each level available for review before each session. Once again, I stress that this is a very friendly, family oriented program that is built around the kids having fun while also learning skills and techniques needed to become better cross country skiers.
Families that rented MYSL ski rentals during 2019 or years prior should contact Nicholas Snavely at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-232-4921 to make arrangements return ski rentals and bibs if they were not returned at the end of season Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club potluck.
Families that took photographs of Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club skiers are encouraged to share them with the club be emailing them to email@example.com and posting them on the club's FACEBOOK page. Please find and LIKE/Share the page at https://www.facebook.com/CentralMinnesotaYouthSkiClub
MYSL Youth Development Chart
MYSL has been working with CXC to refine its development chart for youth skiing. This chart outlines program options for MYSL and affiliated Skiwerx clubs in our region. It outlines researched best practices for developing healthy, happy and athletic kids.
It's recommended by Long Term Athlete Development research, that all children participate in sports through their high school years to ensure they have the skills and confidence to remain active and healthy throughout their lives. A critical component to success as a high school athlete, is thoughtful exposure to a variety of sports and skills as a younger child.
Take a look and don't hesitate to contact Nicholas Snavely at firstname.lastname@example.org or 763-232-4921 with questions.
MYSL is a Volunteer Organization and We Need You! Really.
Our largest volunteer need is coaches. MYSL has a unique day-by-day curriculum to make it easy for anyone (who can walk on skis) to be a great coach. MYSL also holds coaches training events in early December with them this year being held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Spidahl Ski Gaard, 26002 County Highway 22, Erhard, Minnesota 56534 for the North MN MYSL Coach Training, as well as Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. typically held at Elm Creek Park Reserve Visitor Center, 12400 James Deane Pkwy, Maple Grove, MN 55369 for the Metro Coach Training. We love Junior Coaches as well. Past MYSL graduates and high school racers are perfect coaches for younger skiers.
If you have any questions about the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club, please contact:
Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club Coordinator
Beyond just joining the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club, consider joining the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota!
During the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota meeting held on October of 2017, their members voted to approve a measure to help boost their membership, while offering parents who have their kids enrolled in the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club the opportunity to join the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota at the $20 family rate with the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota, then turning around and donating their $20 family membership funds to the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club. Thereby, the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota will not be gaining any funds, but would hopefully gain some new members.
Some of the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota volunteers make snow at Riverside Park early in the season and groom snow throughout the season. Without their efforts, we would not have had enough snow during many of the past seasons to cross country ski.
The member volunteers of the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota have been the reason for the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club being able to cross country ski at Riverside Park in past winters due to their excellent ability to raise funds to cover the cost of making snow at Riverside Park. Likewise, the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota has an agreement with the City of Saint Cloud to provide the water used to make snow. Snow making and grooming equipment has been purchased by the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota, which is operated by a dedicated crew of volunteers who maintain the cross country ski trails at Riverside Park and the Saint Cloud Reformatory property. During past winters, they have made snow at Riverside Park, which not only made the Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club lessons and games possible early on, but also provided a location for local high schools to practice and race, as well as location for the local community to cross country ski and enjoy the sledding hill. Special events, such as the upcoming 13th Annual Sons of Norway Barnelopet, which will be held at Riverside Park on Sunday, January 26, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. is made possible due to the Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota’s snow making and grooming volunteer efforts.
The Central Minnesota Youth Ski Club thanks the volunteer members of Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota for all that they do to make cross country skiing a possibility in the Saint Cloud area!
Consider becoming a member of Nordic Ski Club of Central Minnesota to help support these efforts and make some great friends along the way. Attend their annual meeting being held on Monday, October 8, 2019 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library, St. Cloud, MN. Get inspired for the first snowflakes to fall and hear about new opportunities to get us all skiing. Members will provide desserts. Visit http://www.nordicskiclubcentralmn.org/
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